Tis the Season to be.... Sparkly

It is officially the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas music is on the radio, trees are decorated and neighborhoods are all lit up. While most houses are decorated in reds and greens for the Christmas holiday, I’ve decided to take a different approach: Winter Wonderland. 

Winter Engagement Shoot

There is nothing like the holidays that brings people closer together. As romance lingers in the air, many guys have the strong urge to confess their love to the woman of their dreams and finally pop the question. Most couples are not able to document the proposal, but more couples are taking engagement pictures to create lasting memories. What says romantic memories quite like magic moments in the snow? Well the holiday season is in full swing and the snow is beginning to make its appearance. I love engagement shoots simply because it is a very exciting time for the couple. Appointments are usually made a few weeks after the proposal, and since it is early in the process, it eliminates most of the stress of the wedding planning. 

I had the great privilege of being on the set of an engagement shoot for a wonderful couple this weekend. I was asked to be the artistic director to oversee the session. We spent most of the day outside in the beautiful weather. The whole shoot was a lot of fun and although it is the end of November and I anticipated snow, I quickly realized it wasn't going to snow anytime soon down here in Orlando, Fl. But for the rest of you in colder regions, winter is a great time to have your engagement pictures taken!

I have a few quick tips for the couple that may be new to photo shoots. It is nothing to be afraid of and you should be comfortable throughout the session. It really is a fun process! You are going to want to speak with the photographer beforehand to give them an understanding of who you are as a couple. When they know your likes, dislikes and sense of character, they are able to make the photo shoot comfortable for you and portray who you are as a couple. When working with the photographer, try to convey some of your own ideas. If there is a specific pose or theme you want, be sure to let them know so they can plan ahead! If you aren’t sure of specific shots, the photographer will always have some ideas!

As with any engagement shoot, plan your outfits accordingly! The two of you don’t have to match exactly, but coordinating colors work best. Don’t forget to dress warmly! Your shoot can take anywhere from 3 hours up to 6 hours! If you plan on being outside in the snow, it would benefit you to bundle up! (But if not, it gives you an excuse to get closer with each other!)

Here are a few winter engagement shoot ideas: Be playful! Snow can bring out the kid in anyone. Stage a snowball fight, make snow angels and take a sled down the hill. On the other hand, snow is very romantic, so cuddle up close, draw hearts in the snow, walk hand-in-hand, and don’t forget the kissing! You can also head inside to warm up for a while and take some shots in a ski lodge by the fireplace, or in a local coffee shop with some hot cocoa.

I hope you find some of these ideas helpful when planning your own engagement shoot! Always remember to have fun and be yourselves. The best pictures will perfectly portray both of your personalities and your love for each other! Stay warm and God Bless! 

Orlando's Largest Flash Mob

Have you ever been at the mall or walking down a populated street and everyone around you just breaks out in song or dance?? I haven't personally, but I have watched enough events on youtube to wish I had. 

Flash mobs have become wildly popular in this new millennia. These acts of creativity draw people's attention and send them home with a lasting impression. You may be wondering why I am blogging about such an event... Well, I have been given an amazing opportunity to be the event director of "Orlando's Largest Flash Mob." Cool, right?! I am teaming up with NutterQuib Entertainment to produce a show stopping event right here in Orlando, Fl. 

When you start planning a public event based on the entertainment of others, the first thing to decide is how to get everyone's attention. With a flash mob, its all about theatrical performances and song choice.  It didn't take much research to find out what is trending today. If you turn on your radio or head out to the night club, the one song that I can guarantee you'll hear is Gangnam Style. Psy has swept the nation and is at the top of the charts with his new hit single. The extremely catchy tune has a very interesting dance to accompany it. Once people hear the song, I am sure a few spectators will start dancing along. We thought this would be the perfect song choice! Of course, we will add our own twist to things, but I'm going to leave that part a surprise! 

Organizing an event like this takes just as much effort as any other event. Setting up a team to help with different aspects will definitely help you out in the long run. Find people who specialize in the areas that you are not strongest in so things can run smoothly (and you won't have to stress about it!) Get as many people aboard as you would like. The larger the production, the bigger the impact! Choose a well populated place, and if indoors, make the venue aware of your plans. Meet with your crew about the logistics of the entire production. Since the execution is the most important part, find out all of the specific details of the venue, music and the dance itself to ensure success! 

A few things to remember: Communication is key!! When scheduling rehearsals or meetings, delegate a reliable person to contact everyone a few days before and the day of. That way no time is wasted and everyone is up to date on information. Also, make sure you execute your idea well to your team and everyone involved. You want your ideas to shine through everything that you organize. After all, it is your event! And lastly, don't forget to have fun!! 

Orlando's Largest Flash Mob will be nationally aired by The Daily Buzz. Check your local listings! You are not going to want to miss this! I will continue to give updates on my Twitter and Facebook pages as the show approaches! 

For more information about how to be involved, check out our Facebook event page or shoot an email to orlandoflashmob@gmail.com.

A Thanksgiving with Friends

I am very excited to announce that Thanksgiving is quickly approaching! This is by far my favorite holiday for many reasons, but mostly because it is an excellent time to spend with your family and to give thanks for everything you have been blessed with. Now, for most of you, Thanksgiving is one of those holidays that you really don’t need to worry about planning for; you show up at your mom or aunt’s house and they have everything under control. But for the hosts and hostesses, there are a lot of things that need to be done.

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